Monday, 4 January 2010
Politics: Mrs Sabah Zita Okaikoi’s "Meet the Press," ...giving journalists easier access.....
Title: Minister For Information-Designate Rolls Out Blue Print
The Minister for Information-designate, Mrs Sabah Zita Okaikoi yesterday rolled out an information transformation blue print to enhance communication between the government and the people.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra the Minister-designate noted that her priority, when she is given the mandate by Parliament, will be to create a conducive information dissemination environment among stakeholders to ensure responsive governance to augment the President's call for accountability.
"I will immediately institute Editors', Public Relations Officers' and Ministers' forums which would serve as a platform for dialoguing, sharing of ideas and the bridge for constructive criticisms," she said.
"It would also be used to reduce the incidence of mis-information. I believe that journalists in their quest for information should not be hindered and endangered," Mrs Okaikoi explained.
Mrs Okaikoi who is a legal practitioner, said the "Meet the Press" series will be maintained but decentralised from the national through the regional to the district levels for greater accountability.
Together with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development we will ensure that each district organises bi-annual "Meet the Press," at the District capitals which may be attended by some ministers of state.
The Minister for Information-designate acknowledged the role of the Information Services Department noting that it will be empowered to perform their statutory duties effectively to liaise between the government and the people.
"I will initiate moves to revamp and build the capacity of state media houses - Ghana News Agency (GNA); Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC); Ghanaian Times and the Daily Graphic to international standard," she said. [Credit: www.mofep.gov]